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Near patient tests are poorly evaluated

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1781
  1. Hilary Bower
  1. London

    New technologies that make laboratory tests and results immediately available to patients in primary care have leapt far ahead of concrete data on benefits, an expert review group claims.

    The report from the NHS Research and Development Health Technology Assessment Group, which provides doctors with evidence based assessments of the cost, effectiveness, and impact of new technologies, concluded that there was “little evidence to support the general introduction of near patient testing in preference to existing laboratory …

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